The emergency regulations governing the development of oil spill contingency plans and financial responsibility for inland facilities, pipelines, refineries and railroads became effective Sept. 3, 2015. Affected industry members had until January 1, 2016 to submit facility contingency plans and Certificates of Financial Responsibility. The statewide regulations implementing Senate Bill 861 were approved for permanent [...]
The US Coast Guard has issued a notice announcing the availability of the 2016.1 National Preparedness for Exercise Response (NPREP) Guidelines. The revised guidelines entered into effect on 1 October 2018. 83 Fed. Reg. 49563 (10/2/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-02/pdf/2018-21450.pdf].
The United States Coast Guard has promulgated the first change to its Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. The two key elements that Change 1 includes are as follows: Area Contingency Plan (ACP) policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) review and verification requirements; Facility Response Plan (FRP) approvals; and Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) responsibilities [...]
NJ Resources, Inc. (NJR) recently designed and facilitated a customized training and exercise program for a two-day event in Mexico City, Mexico. Day one consisted of interactive classroom ICS training and was followed by a Worst-Case Discharge exercise based on a gas release from a transmission line scenario on the second day. The training [...]
NJR conducted a large, Tier 3 exercise in the Philippines in June of 2018. The event ran for 4 days with 1 day of training and 3 days of exercising the first 48 hours of a response. The exercise had 228 participants with the majority in the Incident Command Post and about a dozen [...]
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has published the Oil Spill Response Exercise Guidance: A manual for planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Exercises. The guidance manual is part of a dedicated effort to improve DEC’s Oil Spill Response Exercise Program to better serve the needs of regulated oil operators, response action contractors, state and [...]
Most accepted alternatives in vessel response plans will expire on June 30, 2018. This will affect approved vessel response plans that are using an accepted alternative when the national planning criteria are inappropriate. The Coast Guard recommends that new alternatives, or those submitted for renewal, follow the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines, MER Policy [...]
Interspill 2018 (www.interspill.org) just concluded in London after three very busy days. NJ Resources, Inc. is honored to have been part of a panel discussing “Effective Exercising 2: Working with Governments”. Shell, NJR and the U. S. Coast Guard co-authored a paper discussing why some collaborative endeavors work, and others do not, how trust is [...]
The Coast Guard Incident Management Handbook (IMH) is the go-to source when participating in an Incident Command System response. For years, responders have tabbed their most-used sections to ease the tedious task of locating what they need. Well, now there’s an app for that! The mobile app Incident Management Handbook (mIMH) is an electronic enhancement to the paper or [...]
The program follows the emergency responder training provisions of 1910.120 (q)(6) and emphasizes the initial response actions taken following the start of an incident. The next open enrollment course offering is July 10, 11, and 12, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.